St Kilda Pier Redevelopment
September 2023: Work is currently underway to rebuild the iconic St Kilda Pier. The new St Kilda Pier will give locals and visitors better public open space and better swimming spots, while preserving the historic kiosk. A new curved pier will replace the current pier, with improved features that will boost tourism and preserve this important destination for future generations to enjoy.
Parks Victoria in partnership with the Department of Transport is delivering an exciting rebuild of the iconic St Kilda Pier.
Once complete, the new pier design chosen by the community, will provide improved recreational space for more people to enjoy. It will feature public access for the community and visitors out onto the bay, improved views of St Kilda and the city skyline, better protection and viewing area for the Little Penguins, a wider disability compliant walkway, new toilets, tiered seating and preservation of the precinct’s heritage features. The pier will be constructed from concrete and timber and extend about 450 metres with a 50-year design life.
Explore the designs for new St Kilda Pier
- Video of project progress - September 2023
- Video tour of the detailed design of the new St Kilda Pier – May 2021
- Watch a video to hear how we are managing the penguins that live on St Kilda Pier’s breakwater
Above: July 2023 work in progress showing the curved seating area structure taking shape.
Above: Artists impression of the new St Kilda Pier.
Above: Artist's impression of the St Kilda Pier penguin viewing area.
This project is being delivered with a $53 million funding investment from the Victorian Government.
- 2020-2021 - Detailed Design (Complete)
- February 2022 - Construction commences
- August - September 2022 – Piling works continue from water and relocation of the foreshore rock groyne
- December 2022 – Continued installation of precast concrete headstocks and deck panels and pouring of the concrete deck
- January - April 2023 - Establish temporary diversion away from the kiosk using gangways and pontoons. Continued installation of steel piles, precast concrete headstocks and deck panels, pouring of the concrete deck, and commence installation of timber structure and service conduits.
- 2024 - Completion of the new pier
- Start 2024 - Mid 2024 - Deconstruction of the existing pier will commence following completion of the new pier
After years in planning, the iconic St Kilda Pier redevelopment has entered the much-anticipated construction phase. With works starting this week, the anticipated timeframe to build the new pier is approximately 18 to 24 months, subject to weather or technical issues.
Work on the new St Kilda Pier will soon begin with the appointment of the lead construction partner following a two-stage public tender process. Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne today announced Simpson Constructions would complete the $53 million St Kilda Pier Redevelopment project with off-site works starting shortly. Construction alongside the existing St Kilda Pier is scheduled to start in early 2022, with the new pier due to be completed by early 2024.
Today, the highly anticipated St Kilda Pier redevelopment is a step closer with the release of construction ready detailed designs. The Victorian Government's $50 million commitment to the St Kilda Pier rebuild is the biggest construction project for any pier asset in Victoria's history breathing new life into the iconic bayside destination.
A robust consultation and planning design process over the last three years has arrived at a stunning curved structure providing improved access and facilities for commercial and recreational users, greater protection for the Little Penguin colony and sustained economic benefits for Victoria.
Schematic designs released in December 2020 have undergone further consultation and refinement to ensure the design achieves optimum constructability, functionality and longevity.
The detailed design includes resolution of the structural and architectural elements, provides safe access and use by pedestrians, vehicles and vessels, and facilities to complement the visitor experience. This includes new public toilets, shelter, seating and back of house kiosk facilities. Details include use of timber for the penguin viewing platform to provide a more natural feel and space for seating; inclusion of a beach access ramp to allow access for visitors and council's beach cleaning tractor; a variety of seating options; and energy efficient lighting for safe public access in the evenings while minimising environmental and aesthetic impacts.
Who are we working with?
- As part of major works, from February 15 2022, locals can expect to see site establishment near the start of the pier and Catani Gardens. This will involve trucks delivering equipment, the set up of a fenced construction compound and a section of Pier Road being closed to through traffic. Access to the Sea Baths will remain open from Jacka Boulevard. Following site establishment, the first stage of works will occur out on the southern breakwater near the St Kilda Pier kiosk.
- Map of construction compound and detours (site establishment to commence 15 February 2022)
- St Kilda Pier Redevelopment Community Newsletter 9 - March 2023
- St Kilda Pier Redevelopment Community Newsletter 8 - December 2022
- St Kilda Pier Redevelopment Community Newsletter 7 - September 2022
- Fact Sheet - Penguin Management - 2022
- St Kilda Pier Redevelopment Community Newsletter 6 - May 2022
- St Kilda Pier Redevelopment Community Newsletter 5 - November 2021
- St Kilda Pier Redevelopment Community Newsletter 4 - April 2021
- St Kilda Pier Redevelopment Community Newsletter 3 - December 2020
- St Kilda Pier Redevelopment Community Newsletter 2 - August 2020
- St Kilda Pier Redevelopment Community Newsletter 1 - May 2020
Local knowledge and insights are important in the detailed design and construction phase of the project. Community engagement will continue throughout the construction phase of the project, with regular project updates and stakeholder briefings. Anyone with an interest in the project can stay in-touch by signing up for email updates
Community/Stakeholder Reference Group
We’ve established a stakeholder reference group (SRG) to help share information and minimise impacts during construction on stakeholders and community. The SRG consists of members who represent the views and interests of stakeholders and community groups. This group provides a forum for sharing information, gaining feedback and capturing local views.
The group consists of the following representatives:
• City of Port Phillip
• Earthcare - St Kilda
• Kiosk Tenant
• Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron
• St Kilda Life Saving Club
• St Kilda Sea Baths
If you wish to get in contact with any SRG representatives please contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Community Engagement Phase
In 2017, we engaged with more than 550 people to identify a design for a redeveloped St Kilda Pier that would best support the local community and visitors. A stakeholder reference group was established, and feedback was given in community and stakeholder forums, at market stands and via an online survey on Engage Victoria. The Engagement Summary Report provides an overview of the values, ideas and aspirations provided by community members and stakeholders during the engagement period in 2017. This feedback has been taken into consideration and used to inform the design and desired characteristics, facilities and services for the new pier.
Why do we need a new pier?St Kilda Pier is an iconic part of Melbourne’s history, and Parks Victoria is committed to ensuring it remains a great place to visit. The pier has been rebuilt and repaired in response to age or damage many times since the 1850s. The current pier, built in the 1970s, is approaching the end of its 50-year design life. Parks Victoria has been considering the future of the Pier for several years, in response to both the expected replacement works, and in response to recent and future planning in the surrounding areas. Designing and building a new pier provides us with an opportunity to refresh the services and amenity the pier provides to Victorians and our visitors, and to strengthen its connection to the foreshore and the broader beach experience.
How did you decide on the curved pier option?Two options, a curved or straight pier design were developed from a pier design concept developed in 2007/8 and published in the St Kilda Harbour Master Plan. During September and October 2017, more than 550 people engaged with us about the redevelopment of St Kilda Pier and provided feedback on the two options. A community reference group was established, and feedback was provided in community and stakeholder forums, face to face at market stands and via an online survey on Engage Victoria. There was resounding support for the curved pier option, over the like for like replacement of a straight pier. Further professional advice from engineers and designers was sought in the development of the design and in 2017 Parks Victoria, City of Port Philip and the Victorian Government endorsed the curved option.
What parts of St Kilda Pier are being replaced?The section of pier that connects the foreshore to the kiosk is the primary focus of this project. In addition, this is an opportunity to provide better protection for the Little Penguin colony; improve the viewing area and provide all-abilities access to it.
Will the pier be closed to visitors during construction?Construction of the new pier commenced in mid February 2022. The current pier will remain open during the construction of the new pier. Only once the new pier is ready for public use, will the old pier be dismantled. The anticipated timeframe to build the new pier is approximately 18 – 24 months, subject to weather or technical issues.
What are the project work hours?Work hours will be Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm. To minimise disturbance to weekend trading and events, work on Saturdays between 7am and 1pm will be used as a contingency only. Some quiet work outside these hours will include arriving at site, tidying up, office work and checking on site safety and security. Notification will be provided to project site neighbours if work is required outside these hours.
What impacts will there be on the pier’s Little Penguin colony?St Kilda Pier breakwater is home to a colony of nearly 1,300 Little Penguins. As part of the project, a new visitor viewing platform will be constructed to improve penguin viewing and provide penguins with more protection. The platform is being designed with specialist input to ensure that penguins can movefreely without the current intrusions of humans. Parks Victoria works closely with Earthcare St Kilda to monitor and care for the penguin colony. This will continue during construction, and penguin safety is the highest priority during work near the Little Penguin colony. Working closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria has obtained all environmental and wildlife permits and developing and implementing a Wildlife Management Plan to ensure the safety of the penguins and other wildlife during construction.
Where can I swim?The pier is an essential part of St Kilda harbour and is a busy working area important for activities including boating, fishing, socialising, viewing wildlife, walking and photography. The beach at St Kilda Pier is unpatrolled so swimming is encouraged outside St Kilda Life Saving Club which is approximately 400m south of the pier. This site also has a disability beach access ramp, beach matting and beach wheelchairs. The club also has a full Changing Places facility with a hoist and change table.
How many people currently visit St Kilda Pier?
More than 800,000 people currently visit St Kilda Pier every year to enjoy the view, go fishing and spend time with friends and family. In peak season, the pier hosts more than 6,000 visitors a day.
Who can I contact for more information?
If you have questions or want to learn more about a project, you can call the Parks Victoria team on 13 19 63 or email us at email@example.com. You can also sign up for email updates relating to St Kilda Pier.